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Men's Basketball Preview for February 28-March 1

Columbia's Maodo Lo

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Only two weekends of the 14-Game Tournament remain for Ivy League men's basketball and there is much to be determined before the title is decided and attentions turn to the postseason.

The League is poised to have multiple teams in the postseason for the fourth time in five years with five teams with 14 or more wins so far. Harvard (22-4, 9-1 Ivy League) continues to lead the way with a slim one-game lead over Yale (14-10, 8-2 Ivy), a three-game cushion over Columbia (17-10, 6-4 Ivy) and Brown (14-10, 6-4 Ivy) and a five-game spread over Princeton (15-8, 3-6 Ivy).

Harvard's 22 victories are the third most in program history, behind the 26 victories posted by its 2011-12 team and the 23 wins by its 2010-11 team. With a 9-1 mark in Ivy play, the Crimson has matched the program's best record through 10 conference games. Harvard boasts six players averaging 9.5 points per game or better with Cousy Award Finalist Siyani Chambers pacing the team after the sophomore guard nearly averaged a double-double (11.0 ppg and 9.0 assist per game) in his last two outings.

Yale's push to keep pace to Harvard and set up a huge home showdown with the Crimson on March 7 rests in the hands of its Player of the Year candidate Justin Sears. The sophomore forward is among the League leaders in several categories, including scoring (15.8 ppg, 4th), rebounding (6.9 rpg, 3rd), field goal percentage (.484, 8th), steals (1.4 spg, t-4th) and blocked shots (1.8 big, 2nd).

Columbia's drive for 20 wins goes through Dartmouth (9-15, 2-8 Ivy) and Harvard this weekend. Sophomore guard Maodo Lo has keyed the Lions' recent upswing, averaging 17.8 points per game and shooting 40.3 percent (29-of-72) from the field and 88.9 percent (24-of-27) from the free throw line. Junior forward Alex Rosenberg has been on fire for the better part of the season, reaching double figures in 22 straight games and being named Player of the Week each of the past two weeks.

Brown's desire to cement itself in the top half of the standings at season's end centers on one of its big men in middle, last year's Defensive Player of the Year Cedric Kuakumensah. With four games left, Kuakumensah has already set the school's single-season record for blocks (70) and enters the weekend second in program history and 18th in League history with 136 rejections. The sophomore forward is coming off a monster game on Feb. 22 at Cornell when he went for a career-high 30 points with 14 rebounds and career-tying high seven blocks.

Princeton's aspiration to cap its season in a similar fashion as it started comes down to capitalizing on playing three of its last five games at home. The Tigers have swept the final home Ivy weekend four straight years. The last loss Princeton took on the final Ivy home weekend of the season was in 2008-09, when Dartmouth beat Princeton to spoil the Carril Court dedication game. Senior guard T.J. Bray is enjoying his highest scoring season with 335 points. He enters the weekend needing to average 21.8 ppg over his last five to become the 30th member of the school's 1,000-point club.

Columbia (17-10, 6-4 Ivy) at Dartmouth (9-15, 2-8 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 28 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Columbia-Dartmouth Series: Columbia leads, 108-97
Last Meeting: Columbia 69, Dartmouth 59 • 2/15/14 • New York
Live Stats | Columbia Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Cornell (2-22, 1-9 Ivy) at Harvard (22-4, 9-1 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 28 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Cornell-Harvard Series
: Cornell leads, 90-75
Last Meeting: Harvard 67, Cornell 44 • 2/15/14 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Cornell Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes

Yale (14-10, 8-2 Ivy) at Princeton (15-8, 3-6 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 28 – 7 p.m.
Location: Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, N.J.
Yale-Princeton Series: Princeton leads, 144-85
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Last Meeting: Yale 66, Princeton 65 (ot) • 2/15/14 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Yale Game Notes | Princeton Game Notes

Brown (14-10, 6-4 Ivy) at Penn (7-16, 4-5 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 28 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Palestra • Philadelphia
Television: NBC Sports Network
Brown-Penn Series: Penn leads, 103-22
Last Meeting: Brown 62, Penn 55 • 2/15/14 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Brown Game Notes | Penn Game Notes

Brown at Princeton
Date: Saturday, March 1 – 6 p.m.
Location: Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, N.J.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Brown-Princeton Series: Princeton leads, 98-27
Last Meeting: Princeton 69, Brown 65 • 2/14/14 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Brown Game Notes | Princeton Game Notes

Columbia at Harvard
Date: Saturday, March 1 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Columbia-Harvard Series: Columbia leads, 94-77
Last Meeting: Harvard 88, Columbia 84 (2ot) • 2/14/14 • New York
Live Stats | Columbia Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes

Cornell at Dartmouth
Date: Saturday, March 1 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Cornell-Dartmouth Series: Cornell leads, 104-103
Last Meeting: Cornell 70, Dartmouth 67  • 2/14/14 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Cornell Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Yale at Penn
Date: Saturday, March 1 – 7 p.m.
Location: The Palestra • Philadelphia
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Yale-Penn Series: Penn leads, 146-73
Last Meeting: Yale 69, Penn 54 • 2/14/14 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Yale Game Notes | Penn Game Notes